TNPSC Current Affairs June 2017
1.India to launch Cartosat- 2E and 30 satellites
Indian Space research Organisation (ISRO) will launch it earth observation satellite Cartosat-2E series and 30 other satellites with its rocket polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) on Friday.
The total weight of all satellite is 955 kg, in this Cartosat weight about 712 kg and other 30 satellite will together weigh 243 kg.
- Cartosat Series of Satellite is an earth observation satellite built indigenously by India mainly intended for cartographic application.
- Cartosat is a combination of Cartography( means study and practice of making maps) and Satellite.
- It will be very useful for Earth’s resource management and monitoring.
- It is useful in useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps and more.
- Till now ISRO has launched 6 satellite in Cartosat Series, Cartosat 1 in 2005, Cartosat 2 in 2007, Cartosat 2A in 2008, Cartosat 2B in 2010, Cartosat 2C in 2014, Cartosat 2D in Feb 2017 and Cartosat 2E coming Friday(23rd June 2017).
2.The first indigenously built Floating Dock (FDN-2) Launched.
India’s First indigenously built floating Dock (FDN-2) for Indian Navy was launched at Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T) Shipyard at Kattupalli near Chennai.
- FDN-2 is capable of docking warships of up to 8000 Tons displacement like Naval ships ,submarines, aircraft carriers and tankers.
- It has high capacity Ballast Pumps, along with advanced automated Ballast Control System
- FDN-2 more capability and flexibilty to undertake repair and maintenance works in inclement weather conditions.
- FDN-2 will be based in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and will enhance the Navy’s technical repair infrastructure
3.India and Portugal Signed Cooperation in the Field of Archives
National Archives of India and the Minister of Culture of the Portuguese Republic has signed protocol of cooperation in the field of archives in Lisbon, Portugal.
As per protocol, the Torre do Tombo (National Archives of Portugal) handed over digital copies of 62 volumes of the collection known as ‘Moncoes do Reino’ (Monsoon correspondence) to the National Archives of India.